Sam Johnson, Fiscal Conservative??
Thanks to Rep. Flake of Arizona (and he ain’t one!) and the Club for Growth, we have a better idea. Rep. Flake forced an up-or-down vote on 19 different ‘earmarks’ those marvelous little pork projects that are district-specific. You know the type of project; the ones that can’t really stand up on their own merit as a project worthy of federal resources, but are used to buy votes back home. They normally have impressive sounding names, but don’t let that fool you; they exist to buy votes or support from individual contributors. Many of these projects might actually be worthwhile; but they are all essentially local, state or commercial issues, not federal.
The amounts of these are tiny by Washington standards, but that makes them all the more indicative; only a Congressperson’s philosophy is at play here.
Well, here is how my representative, The Honorable Sam Johnson, did on this anti-pork effort and it ain’t all that pretty:
T = Voting for the Taxpayer
P = Voting for Pork
A = Absent
T: Vote 190 - Dairy education in Iowa ($229K)
T: Vote 191 - Hydroponic tomato production in Ohio ($180K)
T: Vote 192 - National Grape and Wine Initiative ($100K)
T: Vote 204 - Virginia Science Museum ($250K)
P: Vote 205 - Juniata Locomotive Demonstration ($1,000K)
T: Vote 277 - Swimming pool in Banning, CA ($500K)
T: Vote 278 - 'Facilities' in Weirton, West Virginia ($100K)
T: Vote 279 - Multipurpose facility in Yucaipa, California ($500K)
T: Vote 280 - Strand Theater Arts Center in Plattsburgh, New York ($250K)
T: Vote 298 - Mystic Aquarium in New London, Conn. ($1 M)
P: Vote 299 - The Jason Foundation in Ashburn, VA ($1 M)
P: Vote 302 - Northwest Manufacturing Initiative ($2.5 M)
P: Vote 303 - Lewis Center for Education Research ($4 M)
P: Vote 304 - Leonard Wood Research Institute ($20 M)
A: Vote 334 - Arthur Avenue Retail Market ($150K)
A: Vote 335 - Bronx Council for the Arts in Bronx, N.Y. ($300K)
A: Vote 336 - Johnstown Area Regional Industries ($800K)
A: Vote 337 - Fairmont State University ($900K)
A: Vote 338 - Tourism Development Assoc. in Kentucky ($1 M)
First, my son wasn’t this absent at school last year and he had a lot of medical reasons he could have been; Sam wasn’t elected to miss controlling the purse strings. It might have been an ‘excused absence’; truly important work elsewhere related to fiscal responsibility. But what are the odds?
Second: that’s $26 Million in pure pork that received his votes, while he voted against a little over $3 Million. And this man (who I dearly love on national defense issues) considers himself a fiscal conservative? It sure doesn’t look that way to me; I’m sending his office a link to this post to try to explain it. If they respond (and it’s something other than some no-thought form letter) I’ll post the response.
Say it ain’t so, Sam!